The Movember Foundation is the only global charity focused solely on men’s health.
Since 2003, $850 million has been raised and countless men and women have been empowered to join the global men’s health movement.
Through the moustaches grown, the connections created, and the conversations generated, more than 1,200 breakthrough men’s health projects have been funded in 21 countries.
A bit about the history of Movember
The seed of an idea first sprouted over a few beers in Melbourne in 2003, when two mates challenged each other to grow a moustache for the duration of November.
Recruiting the support of 30 loyal friends, together they experienced a month of inquisitive conversation as a result of their newly acquired facial hair. The power of the Mo as a conversation starter and awareness raiser was realised.
What is Movember all about?
It’s about helping men live happier, healthier, longer lives through investing in three key areas:
- Prostate cancer
- Testicular cancer
- Mental health and suicide prevention.
Funds raised go towards supporting innovative world-class men’s health programs supporting the key areas.
Getting involved is easy. Simply sign up at Movember.com and fundraise by growing a moustache, setting a movement challenge (like walking, running or swimming), hosting an event or making a donation.
Startling statistics about men’s health
Across the world, men die an average six years younger than women, and for reasons that are largely preventable. The stats are startling:
- 1 in 8 men will get prostate cancer in their lifetime
- 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed with cancer
- Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in men ages 15-29
- 3 out of 4 suicides are men
- More than 500,000 men take their own life every year. That’s one every minute.
“When we look at these stats, it becomes so clear that there is a men’s health crisis,” says Owen Sharp, CEO of Movember Foundation.
“There is a lot that needs to be done, but by talking about it, by encouraging our friends to take action for their health and supporting them, we can help keep the men we love around to live happier, healthier, longer lives. They don’t have to miss out on those key moments that matter most.”
Men’s health matters
At PVH Medical, our men’s health services aim to provide professional treatment of all types of men’s health problems in a confidential setting. From routine check-ups to screening tests to treating chronic ailments, our doctors have the experience and expertise to ensure optimal health and wellness.
So if you or a loved one needs to see a doctor in Pascoe Vale, we’re here for you. You can make a booking online, on the HotDoc mobile app or by giving us a call on 9304 0500.
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.